The Melkus RS2000 is a two-seater mid-engined sports coupe produced shortly after the Melkus marque was relaunched in 2006. It took elements from the road-going RS1000 and transformed them into a race car design with modern styling. The RS2000 is limited to 25 units per year and priced at about 60,000 euro. The RS2000 is made of weight-saving materials such as aluminum, glass-reinforced plastic, and carbon fiber. This allows the race car to weigh less than 1000 kg. Under the hood, the vehicle features a four-cylinder turbo engine with an output of 250 hp. Newer versions of the RS2000 - the GT and GTS - will appear in 2011 with increased power outputs. The RS2000 GT is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower, while the GTS model comes with a 2.0-liter turbo four engine that comes with 350 horsepower. These numbers translate to a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds for the RS2000 GT model and 3.9 seconds for the RS2000 GTS model.
We like the idea of niche automakers releasing limited-run models in the automotive market; it gives the whole entrée of choices some diversity. And it seems that in the past few months, more and more of these small-scale manufacturers have started to step forward to offer consumers an alternative to what we’re most often used to.
Melkus Sportwagen GmbH may not be the most popular carmaker in the world today, but nevertheless, the German brand still knows a thing or two about building a lightweight sports car. At the Top Marques in Monaco, Melkus will be introducing two new versions of the RS2000 sports car: the GT and GTS.
The two models are the latest iterations of the R2000 line, giving its customer base more powerful options to choose from. Both the RS2000 GT and RS2000 GTS will each come with state-of-the-art materials to go with more powerful engines.
Like we said, it’s hard to gauge the interest level on a car like this given its ‘niche’ status in the industry, but considering the way these cars are being presented, both the RS2000 GT and the RS2000 GTS could make strong impressions when they break cover in Monaco in a few days.
Details on the Melkus RS2000 GT and GTS after the jump.